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Lessons learned the hard way from racing

Lessons learned the hard way from racing

In the world of running and racing, it doesn’t get much better than staying strong and running a smart, perfectly executed race.  Usually these are the races that end with our best time on the finish line clock.  We learn a lot from these races and set the bar to measure all our future races by the success we earned in that one. So what about those races we want to forget about the moment we cross the finish line? …

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Fast Firecracker 5K- 2014 edition!

Fast Firecracker 5K- 2014 edition!

The Fast Firecracker- I love this race.  The course, the atmosphere and the fact that it’s on the 4th of July.  Did I mention it’s also very fast?! Last year was my first time to experience this race and as soon as I crossed the line I knew I would be back!  This race will always be special to me as it was the first time I ever saw a 17:xx on the finish clock.  I hoped the magic of…

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My Most Important Run of the Year

My Most Important Run of the Year

If I had to think about my most important run of the year it would not be my last marathon or even my big race tomorrow- The Fast Firecracker… I would honestly say it is the run I get to do with my daughter on her birthday.  Sure, we run together a few times during the year but there is something special about being the first one to see the birthday girl in the morning and spending the first part…

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The RRCA National One Mile Race- go! Mile Race Report- 2014

The RRCA National One Mile Race- go! Mile Race Report- 2014

If you think the expression “digging deep” applies to solely to marathoners I would have to disagree.  I don’t think you can truly appreciate the term until you have raced ALL OUT in a ONE MILE RACE. Photo courtesy of Arkansas Outside When I first saw this picture I was tagged in on Facebook my initial thought was “Oh no- I’ve got to untag myself.” But the more I thought about it I realized this picture says it all.  At…

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Portfest 5K Race Report- 2014 edition

Portfest 5K Race Report- 2014 edition

In case you were wondering how it would feel to race a 5K 6 days after a marathon I will fill you in… It’s ROUGH.  So why did I do it?  This small, local race has become a little family tradition.  It’s the last Saturday in May and always offers some prize money to the overall male and female winner.  This was my third time to run Portfest and I’m pretty sure it was the hottest!  There happened to be…

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Women Run Arkansas 5K: A competitive mother daughter race!

Women Run Arkansas 5K: A competitive mother daughter race!

I know.  I did it again.  I said I was done racing until my marathon and then I heard about the Mother/ Daughter Division of the Women Run Arkansas 5K.  How could I resist?? The Women Run Arkansas program has been around since 1997.  This organization promotes health and fitness through running and walking. The WRA organizes free run/walk clinics for women, which are held for 10 weeks each spring. At the end of the 10 weeks there is a…

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Toad Suck 10K- 2014 Race Report!

Toad Suck 10K- 2014 Race Report!

On Saturday I ran in the Toad Suck 10k as part of the Grand Prix series.  This race is held every May during the Toad Suck Daze festival in Conway, Arkansas.  There are actually two races- the 5 and 10K with each race having over 500 runners.  I ran the 5K in 2010 and 2012 and last year was my first year to run  the 10K.  At the time it was a big breakthrough race for me (broke 39 minutes)…

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Capital City Classic 10K- Race Report

Capital City Classic 10K- Race Report

Well here we are over a week out after the Capital City 10k and I guess it’s about time I get this race recap written. I’ve actually run another race since this one- the Doc Rock and Run Half Marathon in Jonesboro, Arkansas and you better believe I will be writing about that one too.  I’ll give you a hint-it’s pretty much the exact opposite of the report you are about to read!  Let’s just say I was definitely reminded…

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The Little Rock Half Marathon Weekend and Race Recap- EPIC!!

The Little Rock Half Marathon Weekend and Race Recap- EPIC!!

The Little Rock Marathon is a special race to me.  I have participated as a spectator, relay runner, half marathoner and marathoner.  I wrote more about these memories in this post. This past fall when LRM registration opened I was contacted by Joyce Taylor, the Elite Program Coordinator of the Little Rock Marathon.  (She also happened to coordinate the Elite Program for the go! Mile race I ran last June.)  Joyce is so nice to work with and extremely organized. …

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A New 10K PR- Running With My Mini Me…

A New 10K PR- Running With My Mini Me…

If you are reading wondering how I set a new 10K PR just 6 days after my marathon I will fill you in now… I didn’t!  It’s not my PR but I think I am enjoying it more than when I set my own this past May.  It actually belongs to my Abi and I had the privilege of running with her this morning in a local 10K.  Several months ago when I first learned of a new 10K race…

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